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Two toddlers killed in structure fire in Kirtland

Kai Porter
December 29, 2017 12:27 PM

KIRTLAND, N.M. -- KOB has learned the names of the two toddlers killed after a home went up in flames in a Four Corners town Wednesday night.

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Family of Hjordis and Mitchual Sam contacted KOB Friday saying they are completly devastated by the loss of the two children.

Investigators say Hjordis and Mitchual Sam were inside the home on County Road 6480 and 6489 with two teenage family members when the fire started around 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. No adults were home.

The fire spread quickly and the toddlers weren’t able to escape. Flames had spread through the entire home by the time firefighters showed up and put it out.

Michele Truby-Tillen, a spokesperson for the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management said one of the two teens was hurt.

"At the time of the fire, they reported that they escaped through a window and the front door," she said. "One of the other individuals received minor burns in trying to put the fire out."

One 16-year-old witness, Tywania Holly, was playing video games around 6 p.m. evening then she saw flames shooting from a home up the street.

"And when we went outside, there was flames outside. And it was so dark to the point where that flame was the only thing lighting up the whole place other than the cars," she said.

Members of the community have a makeshift memorial outside the home. People have placed Mickey and Minnie Mouse stuffed animals, a balloon and a toy car next to two crosses.

Officials say a multi-generational family lived in the mobile home. It’s a complete loss. Red Cross is now helping the family with food, clothes and shelter, the family has also set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.

The cause of this fire is still under investigation, but officials have ruled out a Christmas tree as the cause.

"They were unable to do a full investigation last night due to the darkness," Truby-Tillen said. "They did come out this morning and complete their evaluation of the scene. OMI is working on the autopsy on the two individuals. As soon as all that information comes back and they’re able to report their findings, we’ll be getting more information out to everybody."

Meanwhile, the family is devastated and a small community is in shock after this terrible tragedy.

"For little kids to die, that’s hard especially for a family member or like their own parents because it’s their kid and they weren’t able to live long with having a normal life and a family and that kind of stuff," Holly said.

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